Saturday, March 15, 2008

Harding students serve homeless over Spring Break

This post is a little late. The week before last week was Harding's spring break. While many students view spring break as a time to party and self-indulge, several hundred Harding students take a different approach. They go out across the country and serve, painting homes, feeding the homeless, teaching the Gospel, playing with orphans, etc. I'm always amazed at how giving these students can be, taking Jesus' admonition to go into the world and be light seriously.

This year a group of students went to my hometown of Denver to work with the homeless. An article about the student's mission trip appeared in the Denver Post which you can read online. (Ah, the Denver Post... that brings back not-so-pleasant memories of delivering papers at 4am...)

I'm glad these students focused on Denver as there is a rather large homeless population there. As stated in the article, there are approximately 1,400 people between the ages of 13 and 25 living on the streets in Denver on any given day. As a teenager, I remember going downtown during the winter months and being shocked at how many people were spending the night on the street in subfreezing temperatures.

Jesus once said that the poor would always be among us, but that doesn't mean they have to go homeless. It's good to see young Christians tackling such a significant problem.